Flyaway Boy by Jane De Suza

unnamed3I received the book Flyaway Boy by Jane De Suza as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful them for the same.

The blurb:

If no one saw him disappear, did Kabir exist at all?

Kabir doesn’t fit in. Not in the wintry hill town he lives in, and not in his school, where the lines are always straight. Backed into a corner with no way out, Kabir vanishes.

With every adult’s nightmare now coming true, finding this flyaway boy will mean understanding who he really is. Or is it too late?

Spirited and powerfully imaginative, Flyaway Boy is a story about embracing everything that makes you uniquely you.

The story:

Ten year old Kabir Anand lives with his parents and older sister, Kavni in small hilly town built around one of the biggest research centres in the country. A student of class four, Kabir’s best friends are Alok and Raz. His sister studies in Class ten and is a class topper, but Kabir is different. And that is what causes his teachers to scold him, his principal to call his parents and his parents telling him to do things right.

And one day, Kabir goes to school in the school bus and never reaches the school. Kabir goes missing.

My take:

The author has portrayed the issue of how the children today are pressurized to do things right. To move along with the society and to do things that everyone else does. And that is what happened to Kabir. All the pressure and he gave in.

The characters are beautifully developed and they are realistic and I could feel for Kabir all the time. Kavni is likable and so much the responsible older sister. The townsfolk, the school teachers and even the dog Shoo are so real.

The narrative is unique and leaves a lot for the reader’s imagination. The language is simple and the author has written the book in such a way that it touches a chord somewhere. There is humour, there is drama and there is sadness at times. The illustrations are beautiful and match the theme of the story.

This book is a must read for all age groups, especially parents and grandparents.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Raising a True Winner: Ignite the best in your child by Tanuja Sodhi

41uDF-51N+L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Raising a True Winner: Ignite the best in your child by Tanuja Sodhi as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Clueless about your parenting prowess?

Does climbing a mountain seem easier to you than bringing up your child?

Seeking sound guidance on how to prepare your child to handle real-life situations?

Look no further!

Tanuja Sodhi, author of the acclaimed book Parenting in the Age of McDonald’s, returns with another invaluable guide to help you be a better parent. Raising a True Winner offers useful and simple-to-follow guidelines on how to bring up a well-rounded child who grows up to be a happy, responsible, and compassionate adult. Its enlightening insights will help you be a super parent, and provide you with:

  • Tips to increase your child’s emotional quotient (EQ) through open-ended conversations
  • Ways of instilling empathy through ‘teachable’ moments
  • Pointers to sharpen intellect through easy brain-drills
  • Ways to practise mindfulness through specific interventions like journaling
  • Essential life-skills to help your child deal with myriad challenges

And much more!

So, get ready to build a rock-solid foundation for your child based on powerful, research-backed strategies. Add this book to your parenting toolkit NOW!

My take:

Spread across ten chapters which cover important aspects of upbringing, this book on parenting covers childhood and various aspects of it with illustrated examples and scenarios. The book also suggests ways for parents to reboot.  The simple tips by the author from her experience over the years are really helpful. She has talked about study time and play time and also the nutrition, which I think would help me most as my kids are now in their teens. Social skills is another chapter which is very important in today’s context.

This book should help all parents to help develop their children emotionally, socially and intellectually. Written in simple language this book is interspersed with examples which are easy to follow.

I would recommend this book to all parents with both young and grown up kids.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Raising Confident Children by Samir Parikh, Kamna Chhibber and Mimansa Singh Tanwar

51dw2zdhyUL._SY346_.jpgI received the book Raising Confident Children by Samir Parikh, Kamna Chhibber and Mimansa Singh Tanwar as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Raising Confident Children, by eminent psychiatrist Dr Samir Parikh, and clinical psychologists Kamna Chhibber and Mimansa Singh Tanwar, is designed to equip parents with the tools that facilitate the development of confidence in children. It focuses on aspects like understanding your child, communication, problem solving, emotional wellness and, most importantly, knowing the pitfalls that can posit a threat to your approach as a parent. This book presents a systemic plan of 52 weeks to help develop your own skills at parenting and build confidence in your child
through 52 steps.

My take:

Written as a guide that can be implemented in 52 weeks, this book is divided into six sections. Each of the 52 chapters has a specific aspect being a focal point for each week of the years. Different elements integral to developing a child’s confidence are discussed. This book will definitely help parents.

The language is simple and my advice to the parents would be to take one chapter at a time and work on it.

Highly recommended.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Laugh & Learn with Dr Parikh: Study and Exam by Dr Samir Parikh, Kamna Chibber, Divya Jain and Mimansa Singh

51F6d6H2RzL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book, Laugh & Learn with Dr Parikh: Study and Exam by Dr Samir Parikh, Kamna Chibber, Divya Jain and Mimansa Singh, as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications, and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Laugh & Learn is a comic series conceptualized to help children navigate various social and emotional challenges that come their way. In the first volume on STUDY AND EXAM SKILLS, join Addy and Anayka as they learn how to study better, improve their memory and concentration, help their parents calm down, and most of all, have fun with exams!

My take:

Though this book is supposed to be a guidebook for children written in the form of a comic, it is more important that both children & parents should read this book and understand why the authors thought of writing it.

In our country, the entire neighbourhood, extended family and even acquaintances are interested in how the children are faring in the school. And what was their result? I remember when I was in class tenth, my father’s friend was shocked to see me watching Chitrahaar on TV. Now, thirty two years later, things are worse. The kids have more distractions and the many social media groups make even the remotest of friends or family aware if a kid is appearing for the boards and are want to be updated on the results.

This comic book has been narrated in simple english with the conversations between the two main characters, Addy and Ayanka and the challenges they face on the left page. On the right page is the message that the authors want to convey.

The language is simple and easy to understand. The Do it Yourself pages at the end of the book are very informative like the priority square, setting the goals, managing time, what to do and what not to do during breaks, concentration drills, mnemonics, self-evaluation grid, and what I loved most is the mock-test checklist. I have made my kids make these DIYs in their diaries and asked them to look at it on a weekly basis.

This book is the first in the series and a must read for students and parents. I would also recommend that maybe if these comic strips could be used in social media because that is what is most watched now-a-days so that everyone can make use of the resources, but that is a copyright issue and needs to be dealt with by the publisher and the authors.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Mystery of the Plastic Rings (The Green World) by Sonia Mehta

51bkWC-nsPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe Mystery of the Plastic Rings (The Green World) by Sonia Mehta is the fifth book of The Green World Series published by Puffin. This series of story-cum-activity books for children aims to teach environmental awareness early on. This book has 64 pages and is targeted at children of six years and over. I am thankful to the publisher for providing me a review copy of the book.

MEET THE ECONUTS

Dewy, Woosh, Petals, Pebbles and Waggy call themselves the Econuts because they are simply nuts about ecology and the environment!

Learn all about the many ways in which you can help save Planet Earth in this series of story-and-activity books, aimed at generating ecological awareness through a mix of fiction, puzzles, games, activities and more.

The blurb:

Pebbles finds some plastic rings buried in his garden. He has no idea what they are or where they’ve come from. When Pebbles and the Econuts get together to figure it out, they stumble on something very scary. What do they discover and what do they do about it? Read on to find out.

My take:

The five friends are digging the garden in the backyard of Pebble’s house when they come across a packet with plastic rings in it and a name on it. And they start looking for the person to whom the packet belongs.

The author used beautiful illustrations and different mind games like matching picures and their shadows, colouring, solving mystery, countinfg circles in a picture, finding the odd word, spot the difference, separating garbage, rhyming words, find out hidden words, a maze, a grid and also some space for the child to record the activities done by them called ‘my environment diary’. There are activities like making a newspaper shopping bag, tin can wind chimes, too. She has used the book to make the reader aware of the facts regarding plastics, how we can reuse and recycle things, and also how we can save our trees. The best part of the book is the earth champion stickers.

I loved the book and recommend it to all children and their parents.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Ultimate Guide to Modern Parenting by Pradeep Kapoor and Neelkamal Kapoor

Ultimate-Guide-To-Modern-Parenting.jpgI received Ultimate Guide to Modern Parenting by Pradeep Kapoor and Neelkamal Kapoor as a review copy from the publisher and I would like to thank them for sending me a copy of the book.

The blurb:

How to make the child eat right, get him to do the homework, make him go to bed, wean him off the mobile, teach him discipline, stop him from lying, and much more—the challenges for parents are never-ending. Several tricky situations arise on a daily basis in every household, which, if mishandled, can create a major crisis between parents and children. The seeds of distrust and anguish sown in early childhood may lead to major maladjustment problems in adolescence and adulthood.

Ultimate Guide to Modern Parenting brings to you a handy guide to parenting twenty-first century children and making sure that you nip all their troubles in the bud.

My take:

This is one book that every parent should read, irrespective of how old their children are. It really changed my perspective of parenting, and made me look at parenting in a new light. I have actually started changing my approach to how I reacted to what my children did.

The book has been divided into parts and talks about different types of parents and actually there is a checklist at the end of some chapters. It talks about the importance of social environment in the development of a child in addition to the genes. It also talks that every child is an individual and about how we can deal with our children in different situations. There are case studies which help in better understanding of various situations.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

54 Reasons Why Parents Suck and Phew by Swati and Swaran Lodha

414EAG9XBeL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_I received 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck and Phew by Swati and Swaran Lodha as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications. Thank you for the book.

The Blurb:

The book is a tongue in cheek take on things parents should and should not do. It talks about various beliefs, behaviour, and biases held by most parents that make them annoying and difficult. So, all you parents out there—be a good sport, pick up this book, and see for yourself the heart of a teenager. 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck and Phew! will leave you with one big reason to understand your child, all over again.

My take:

A beautifully written book. I can actually call it as a letter from an offspring to the parents.

It actually made me realise a lot of things that I hated when my parents did when we were kids and I do it myself.

The language is simple and the book has a way of making the parent in me feel guilty. But I loved it anyway and it took me around 35 days to finish the book as I was reading it in bits and pieces like short stories.

And now I plan to preach less to my kids, if that is possible……

And my daughter is reading it now and sharing her thoughts with her brother so…..

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.